Published Feb 14, 2015BBC Radio 1 host Zane Lowe is one of the most prominent music broadcasters in the world, but he will be leaving his post this March to go to the U.S. to work for Apple.
Lowe has been with the BBC since 2003. He has become one of its most prominent DJs, and artists from all over the world premiere music on his award-winning show. Just a couple of days ago, for example, he announced Florence and the Machine's new album. His show also includes interviews and live sessions, plus the feature Masterpieces, in which he plays classic albums all the way though.
The New Zealand-born 41-year-old said in a statement, "I want to thank everyone at Radio 1 for their support and friendship. The station has allowed me to share incredible music with the country's best music fans." He also said that he "loved every minute" of his time at Radio 1.
His last show will be on March 5. His BBC Radio 1 colleague Annie Mac will take over his weekday evening slot; she said, "I am so excited and humbled to be asked to do this show. The thing I love about music radio is those private epiphanies it provides. Having 11 hours of airtime a week to share those moments with music that has no boundaries is beyond a job, it's a privilege. And to be following in the footsteps of Zane Lowe, a broadcaster that I respect and admire enormously, is a huge honour. I can't wait to get started."
It remains to be seen exactly what Lowe's job at Apple will entail.